Teacher Education Office
Robert Morris University offers a number of programs for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to be certified to teach in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:
Business, Computer & Information Technology Certification (Grades K-12)
Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification (Grades PreK-4)
English Teacher Certification* (Grades 7-12)
These Post-Baccalaureate Programs are non-degree granting; however, students can combine it with a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership with the addition of three extra courses.
Click here to access an application for the program. Please note that all applications for post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs must have the following:
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
- Two letters of recommendation
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the college coursework that will apply to your content certification
- Pennsylvania and FBI clearances
Click to visit the RMU Office of Graduate Admissions website to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply for the program; or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-762-0097.
To apply, go to rmu.edu/gradapply. You can complete the application online with no application fee. Alternatively, you can download the graduate application PDF form, and then mail in the completed form with required documentation and $35 application fee.
Live Text is the data managing system for ALL teacher education students who will be certified through a RMU teacher education program with the PA Dept. of Education (PDE). ALL data assessment points are uploaded into Live Text in order to evaluate the progress on each and every RMU teacher education student in coursework, dispositions, field experiences, pre-student teaching, and student teaching. The data is used for the student’s PDE certification and RMU mandatory reports issued to PDE, CAEP, and the federal government. Students purchase and activate a Live Text account their in their first education course.
Education Students develop an e-portfolio through Live Text. There is a graduate assistant, who will be in the education lab in Patrick Henry on select days/times, to assist students. The e-portfolio is a repository of important program documents that the RMU student will keep in one orderly place. The completed e-portfolio is checked at the end of student teaching as Pass/No Pass.
The teacher education program has a three-level process outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As part of this Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP), students must apply for candidacy, pre-student teaching, and student teaching.
An outline of this process is below. To view more details on the Teacher Education Progress Process for post-baccalaureate students click here.
As a post-baccalaureate student, you might need to apply for candidacy as early as your first semester or second semester of coursework at RMU. To apply successfully students must have:
- A minimum of 48 earned credits (You should apply before you earn 60 credits.)
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Act 34/Act 151 Clearances (must be renewed annually)
- Act 114 FBI Fingerprinting (must be continuously enrolled at RMU to remain valid)
- Two faculty recommendations
- Completion of Application for Admission to Candidacy Form and submission to your program coordinator
Students may then proceed into teacher certification coursework and pre-student teaching professional experience with Level One Candidacy.
Students must have:
- Attained candidacy
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Completed all methods courses, pre-student teaching, and major courses
- Taken or registered to take the PRAXIS II Exam or other state required exam prior to the start of student teaching
- Renewed Act 34/Act 151 Clearances
- Taken a TB Test
- Proof of Liability Insurance – typically obtained through the local student chapters of Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) or Student PA State Education Association (S-PSEA)
- Completed the Student Teaching Application with program coordinator signature
Students will then be placed at a site for Student Teaching and will be permitted to register for Student Teaching.
Students must have:
- Successful completion of Level 2
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Successful completion of the PRAXIS II Exam or other state required exam (The cut-off score for each test must be at or above the current PDE established scores at the time a candidate applies for PA Teacher Certification)
- Successful completion of student teaching with a “pass” grade
- Successfully completed the Student Teaching Portfolio/Teacher Work Sample
- Completed application for graduation
- Completed electronic application for certification through the PDE
- Received the recommendation of the RMU Certification Officer
Post-baccalaureate candidates seeking initial certification are not required to take the PAPA exams. All RMU teacher candidates, however, including post-baccalaureate teacher candidates, must take specific content area tests. The nature and number of content-related tests varies by certification area. The content-related tests for early childhood and special education are developed and administered by Pearson Education, while those required for secondary teaching certifications are developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Note that if you are already Pennsylvania certified and adding another certificate, you only have to take the test(s) corresponding to the new certification area.
All teacher candidates must submit proof of having taken the required content area tests (Praxis II or equivalent) the semester prior to student teaching, and include the results as part of the Application for Student Teaching. Beginning the fall semester of 2014, all RMU student teachers will be required to have passing scores for all required tests related to their certification area. The PDE will not accept an application for teacher certification without passing all required tests.
University recommendation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for teacher certification will be made with Level Three completion.